Cassie Beck connects with the bat in a great start for Wests.
Cassie Beck connects with the bat in a great start for Wests. Rob Barich

Loss by a Panthers whisker

SOFTBALL: In the space of two months, Western Suburbs Sabretooth have gone from 25-0 drubbings to be considered a worthy opponent.

On Saturday, even without their regular pitcher, the team of rugby league players pushed the much-fancied Panthers all the way, eventually falling just short, 9-7.

The narrow loss means they failed to claw any closer to the competition leaders Across The Waves 8, but they remain upbeat as they continue to improve each round.

“Yes indeed we have improved enormously, I think if we had our first-choice pitcher here it might have been enough to get the win,” Sabretooth’s Rick Marshke said.

“We were up against Queensland representatives and the like, they are a very handy side but we were able to hang in there with them.”

Scorecards resembled cricket scores in the earlier rounds, but now the Across The Waves league boys have found their feet and have as a good a chance as anyone of taking the crown.

“We haven’t been playing long, but we are all sportspeople, we know how to hit a ball and catch a ball, we just give it our best,” Marshke said.

“The side is very competitive, we all want to, and love to, win, so that helps a lot.”

He said apart from the odd game years ago at school, none of the leaguies had any softball experience.

“We’ve been playing really well lately though and it’s just been so much fun and a wonderful season.”

Across The Waves 8 accounted for United 7 easily, while Sluggers won on a forfeit against United 8 in the other men’s game.

Another chapter was written in the intense battle of the women’s fixtures after Brothers United snuck home 12-11 against premiership hopefuls South Sluggers.

Results between all the teams have been mixed this season, with both Sluggers and Eels showing they have more than enough in the tank to topple the long-time champs.

Eels accounted for Wests Panthers 13-8 in the other women’s top grade game.

In the reserve grade; United walloped Wests Leopards 12-2, Bargara defeated Sluggers 16-13 and ATW Gold defeated their Blue rivals 21-10.



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